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Frank Bruno has revealed he turned down a £100,000 offer to return to the ring against Evander Holyfield, insisting "you can't put a price on your health".
Holyfield was knocked down and stopped inside the first round of his comeback fight against Vitor Belfort on Saturday night, looking every bit of his 58 years in a contest which proved difficult to watch.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion was climbing back through the ropes for the first time in 10 years, a decision he was ultimately left to rue.
Bruno, who hung up the gloves back in 1996, says he received a lucrative offer to venture back into boxing and share a ring with Holyfield.
However, the former world heavyweight champion, 59, rejected his advances because one more punch in the face could blind him.
After sustaining an eye injury in his 1996 knockout defeat against Mike Tyson, Bruno was advised to retire from the sport or risk suffering permanent blindness later down the line.
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“The eye injury I sustained all those years ago in my last fight against Mike Tyson means I risk losing my sight if I ever box again," he told The Sun.
“So, even though I am fit and in great shape, I’ve had to say thanks but no thanks. You can’t put a price on your health.”
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Instead of making a boxing comeback, Bruno – who has battled mental illness since bowing out from the sport – is throwing a ball to celebrate turning 60 in November.
The bash will also raise money for his charity, the Frank Bruno Foundation, which he set up to help people suffering with mental-health issues.
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Bruno will be auctioning off the Wembley ring canvas from his famous win over Oliver McCall in 1995, which saw him clinch a world title at the fourth attempt.
He added: “We’re hoping to raise lots of money so my Foundation can help the rising numbers of people going through tough times. Helping others as well as staying fit and healthy is now my biggest fight. I’ll leave climbing back through the ropes to some of the other old geezers.”
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